Amended in Assembly April 2, 2014

Amended in Assembly March 11, 2014

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 1685


Introduced by Assembly Member Williams

February 13, 2014


An act to amend Sections 8538, 8564.5,begin insert 8593,end insert and 8674 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to business.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 1685, as amended, Williams. Structural pest control operators: fees.

Existing law provides for the regulation of registered structural pest control companies by the Structural Pest Control Board. Existing law requires a registered structural pest control company to provide a specified written notice to the owner, or owner’s agent, and the tenant of the premises where pest control work is to be done. Existing law authorizes the notice to be given by first-class mail, posting in a conspicuous place on the real property, or personal mail.

This bill would permit notice to be given by electronic mail in addition to the currently authorized methods.

Existing law authorizes an individual who is 18 years of age or older to apply for a license as an applicator. Existing law requires the board to ascertain the knowledge of the applicant to apply certain classes of chemicals by means of a written examination and authorizes the board to charge a fee for the examination in an amount sufficient to cover the reasonable cost of administering the exam, not to exceed $15.

This bill would instead authorize the board to charge a fee in an amount sufficient to cover the reasonable regulatory cost of administering the examination.

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Existing law requires, as a condition of renewal of each operator’s and field representative’s license, that the holder submit proof of continuing education, as specified. Existing law authorizes the person, in lieu of that requirement, to take and successfully complete an examination given by the board to test his or her knowledge of development in the field of pest control since the issuance of his or her license. Existing law authorizes the board to charge a fee for the taking of an examination in each branch of pest control in an amount sufficient to cover the cost of administering the examination, but in no event to exceed $50 for each examination.

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This bill would authorize the board to charge a fee for administering an examination in each branch of pest control in an amount sufficient to cover the reasonable regulatory cost of administering the examination and would remove the $50 fee limit.

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Existing law provides a comprehensive scheme for the licensure and regulation of structural pest control operators which, among other things, sets forth a fee schedule for licensure and registration of those companies and their personnel who are engaged in structural pest control work.

This bill would increase specified fees paid by structural pest control operators.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 8538 of the Business and Professions
2Code
is amended to read:

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8538.  

(a) A registered structural pest control company shall
4provide the owner, or owner’s agent, and tenant of the premises
5for which the work is to be done with clear written notice which
6contains the following statements and information using words
7with common and everyday meaning:

8(1) The pest to be controlled.

9(2) The pesticide or pesticides proposed to be used, and the
10active ingredient or ingredients.

11(3) “State law requires that you be given the following
12information: CAUTION--PESTICIDES ARE TOXIC
P3    1CHEMICALS. Structural Pest Control Companies are registered
2and regulated by the Structural Pest Control Board, and apply
3pesticides which are registered and approved for use by the
4California Department of Pesticide Regulation and the United
5States Environmental Protection Agency. Registration is granted
6when the state finds that, based on existing scientific evidence,
7there are no appreciable risks if proper use conditions are followed
8or that the risks are outweighed by the benefits. The degree of risk
9depends upon the degree of exposure, so exposure should be
10minimized.

11“If within 24 hours following application you experience
12symptoms similar to common seasonal illness comparable to the
13flu, contact your physician or poison control center (telephone
14number) and your pest control company immediately.” (This
15statement shall be modified to include any other symptoms of
16overexposure which are not typical of influenza.)

17“For further information, contact any of the following: Your
18Pest Control Company (telephone number); for Health
19Questions--the County Health Department (telephone number);
20for Application Information--the County Agricultural
21Commissioner (telephone number), and for Regulatory
22Information--the Structural Pest Control Board (telephone number
23and address).”

24(4) If a contract for periodic pest control has been executed, the
25frequency with which the treatment is to be done.

26(b) In the case of Branch 1 applications, the notice prescribed
27by subdivision (a) shall be provided at least 48 hours prior to
28application unless fumigation follows inspection by less than 48
29hours.

30In the case of Branch 2 or Branch 3 registered company
31applications, the notice prescribed by subdivision (a) shall be
32provided no later than prior to application.

33In either case, the notice shall be given to the owner, or owner’s
34agent, and tenant, if there is a tenant, in at least one of the following
35ways:

36(1) First-class or electronic mail.

37(2) Posting in a conspicuous place on the real property.

38(3) Personal delivery.

39If the building is commercial or industrial, a notice shall be
40posted in a conspicuous place, unless the owner or owner’s agent
P4    1objects, in addition to any other notification required by this
2section.

3The notice shall only be required to be provided at the time of
4the initial treatment if a contract for periodic service has been
5executed. If the pesticide to be used is changed, another notice
6shall be required to be provided in the manner previously set forth
7herein.

8(c) Any person or licensee who, or registered company which,
9violates any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor
10and is punishable as set forth in Section 8553.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 8564.5 of the Business and Professions Code
12 is amended to read:

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8564.5.  

(a) Any individual 18 years of age or older may apply
14for a license asbegin insert anend insert applicator.

15(b) The board shall ascertain by written examination that an
16applicant for a license as applicator in Branch 2 or Branch 3 has
17sufficient knowledge in pesticide equipment, pesticide mixing and
18formulation, pesticide application procedures and pesticide label
19directions.

20(c) Passage of the written examination authorizes an individual
21to apply any chemical substance in Branch 2 or Branch 3.

22(d) The board may charge a fee for any examination required
23by this section in an amount sufficient to cover the reasonable
24regulatory cost of administering the examination.

25(e) Nothing in this chapter shall prohibit an applicator,
26authorized to apply any chemical substance in Branch 2 or Branch
273 before January 1, 1995, from acting as an applicator pursuant to
28that authorization. Upon expiration of the authorization, an
29applicator’s license shall be required.

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begin insertSection 8593 of the end insertbegin insertBusiness and Professions Codeend insertbegin insert is
31amended to read:end insert

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8593.  

begin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insert The board shall require as a condition to the renewal
33of each operator’s and field representative’s license that the holder
34submit proof satisfactory to the board that he or she has informed
35himself or herself of developments in the field of pest control either
36by completion of courses of continuing education in pest control
37approved by the board or equivalent activity approved by the board.
38In lieu of submitting that proof, the licenseholder, if he or she so
39desires, may take and successfully complete an examination given
P5    1by the board, designed to test his or her knowledge of developments
2in the field of pest control since the issuance of his or her license.

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4begin insert(b)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertTheend insert board shall develop a correspondence course or courses
5with any educational institution or institutions as it deems
6appropriate. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements
7of this section. The institution may charge a reasonable fee for
8each course.

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9 The

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10begin insert(c)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertTheend insert board may charge a fee for the taking of an examination
11in each branch of pest control pursuant to this section in an amount
12sufficient to cover thebegin insert reasonable regulatoryend insert cost of administering
13eachbegin delete examination, provided, however, that in no event shall the
14fee exceed fifty dollars ($50) for eachend delete
examination.

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16begin insertSEC. 4.end insert  

Section 8674 of the Business and Professions Code is
17amended to read:

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8674.  

The fees prescribed by this chapter are the following:

19(a) A duplicate license fee of not more than two dollars ($2).

20(b) A fee for filing a change of name of a licensee of not more
21than two dollars ($2).

22(c) An operator’s examination fee of not more than one hundred
23dollars ($100).

24(d) An operator’s license fee of not more than one hundred fifty
25dollars ($150).

26(e) An operator’s license renewal fee of not more than one
27hundred fifty dollars ($150).

28(f) A company registration fee of not more than one hundred
29twenty dollars ($120).

30(g) A branch office registration fee of not more than sixty dollars
31($60).

32(h) A field representative’s examination fee of not more than
33seventy-five dollars ($75).

34(i) A field representative’s license fee of not more than forty-five
35dollars ($45).

36(j) A field representative’s license renewal fee of not more than
37forty-five dollars ($45).

38(k) An applicator’s examination fee of not more than sixty
39dollars ($60).

P6    1(l) An applicator’s license fee of not more than fifty dollars
2($50).

3(m) An applicator’s license renewal fee of not more than fifty
4dollars ($50).

5(n) An activity form fee, per property address, of not more than
6three dollars ($3).

7(o) A fee for certifying a copy of an activity form of not more
8than three dollars ($3).

9(p) A fee for filing a change of a registered company’s name,
10principal office address, or branch office address, qualifying
11manager, or the names of a registered company’s officers, or bond
12or insurance of not more than twenty-five dollars ($25) for each
13change.

14(q) A fee for approval of continuing education providers of not
15more than fifty dollars ($50).

16(r) A pesticide use report filing fee of not more than five dollars
17($5) for each pesticide use report or combination of use reports
18representing a registered structural pest control company’s total
19county pesticide use for the month.

20(s) A fee for approval of continuing education courses of not
21more than twenty-five dollars ($25).

22(t) (1) Any person who pays a fee pursuant to subdivision (r)
23shall, in addition, pay a fee of two dollars ($2) for each pesticide
24use stamp purchased from the board. Notwithstanding any other
25provision of law, the fee established pursuant to this subdivision
26shall be deposited with a bank or other depository approved by
27the Department of Finance and designated by the Research
28Advisory Panel or into the Structural Pest Control Research Fund
29that is hereby continued in existence and continuously appropriated
30to be used only for structural pest control research. If the Research
31Advisory Panel designates that the fees be deposited in an account
32other than the Structural Pest Control Research Fund, any moneys
33in the fund shall be transferred to the designated account.

34(2) Prior to the deposit of any funds, the depository shall enter
35into an agreement with the Department of Consumer Affairs that
36includes, but is not limited to, all of the following requirements:

37(A) The depository shall serve as custodian for the safekeeping
38of the funds.

P7    1(B) Funds deposited in the designated account shall be
2encumbered solely for the exclusive purpose of implementing and
3continuing the program for which they were collected.

4(C) Funds deposited in the designated account shall be subject
5to an audit at least once every two years by an auditor selected by
6the Director of Consumer Affairs. A copy of the audit shall be
7provided to the director within 30 days of completion of the audit.

8(D) The Department of Consumer Affairs shall be reimbursed
9for all expenses it incurs that are reasonably related to
10implementing and continuing the program for which the funds
11were collected in accordance with the agreement.

12(E) A reserve in an amount sufficient to pay for costs arising
13from unanticipated occurrences associated with administration of
14the program shall be maintained in the designated account.

15(3) A charge for administrative expenses of the board in an
16amount not to exceed 5 percent of the amount collected and
17deposited in the Structural Pest Control Research Fund may be
18assessed against the fund. The charge shall be limited to expenses
19directly related to the administration of the fund.

20(4) The board shall, by regulation, establish a five-member
21research advisory panel, including, but not limited to,
22representatives from each of the following: (A) the Structural Pest
23Control Board, (B) the structural pest control industry, (C) the
24 Department of Pesticide Regulation, and (D) the University of
25California. The panel, or other entity designated by the board, shall
26solicit on behalf of the board all requests for proposals and present
27to the panel all proposals that meet the criteria established by the
28panel. The panel shall review the proposals and recommend to the
29board which proposals to accept. The recommendations shall be
30accepted upon a two-thirds vote of the board. The board shall direct
31 the panel, or other entity designated by the board, to prepare and
32issue the research contracts and authorize the transfer of funds
33from the Structural Pest Control Research Fund to the applicants
34whose proposals were accepted by the board.

35(5) A charge for requests for proposals, contracts, and
36monitoring of contracted research shall not exceed 5 percent of
37the research funds available each year and shall be paid from the
38Structural Pest Control Research Fund.



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